You’re Never Too Young To Have a Heart Attack (A Nexerciser’s Story)

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I share my story, NOT becuase I want people to feel sorry for me. I share it, because I want people to know that no matter what age, no matter how much you watch your diet, no matter how active you are; your heart, cholesterol and smoking do NOT care! You’re NEVER too young to have a heart attack!

At the age of 17, I was told by my family doctor that I would have a massive heart attack by the time I was 24, because of my hereditary high cholesterol level. Because they were just coming out with Statins for 70+ year olds, he wouldn’t put me on them, because he didn’t know the long term effect.

24 came and went, NO heart attack, I laughed it off and thought the doctor was out of his mind.

At the age of 35, BOOM, out of nowhere, I had a massive heart attack! NO warning sign, NOTHING! I know I died that day, I begged GOD not to take me, I still had many years ahead of me and my family to take care of. My local hospital airlifted me to a hospital in another state, where they put a balloon pump in my heart to keep me going for the next 2 days, when they would give me a scheduled bypass surgery.

The next night, I had another heart attack, so they rushed me into emergency surgery, where I died on the operating table and had to be brought back to life. That night, I received a Quadruple ByPass, because my arteries were so blocked.

Three months later, I had to have an Internal Defibrillator/Pacemaker, because the damage to my heart was so severe…the bottom portion of my Left Ventricle is dead.

A year and a half later, I found out I would eventually go into Heart Failure and need a Heart Transplant.

I was NEVER overweight and was ALWAYS active, I ALWAYS watched what I ate, I had just inherited bad genes and I SMOKED…which I will NEVER (and I can say NEVER) do again.

Dealing with all of the pressure of what happened to me, I went in a downward spiral and ate myself into happiness. I gained 40 lbs and have tried here and there, this and that, to help me get rid of the person I knew I was NOT! I needed SUPPORT, and INCENTIVE to keep me going and to lose the weight.

Even though looking in the mirror made me want to lose the weight, I needed more – I would search for apps that claim to help you lose weight, I’d use them for a few days, become bored with them and quit.

Nexercise is something that has made me want to check in and feel proud of exercising. I also use the (My Plate) Livestrong App, which has done a great deal for me (the Livestrong app works along with Nexercise).

I am now 42 years old and continue my battle with Heart Disease and weight loss. I also use the 10 Minute Trainer videos, which are awesome, among other workouts. There are some days that I find it very hard to exercise because of fatigue or because the workout just seems too hard. But I push through and I try to get in at least 20-30 minutes every day.

I also like the fact that you can donate your mPoints to The Wounded Warriors Project and hope to be able to donate my mPoints to The American Heart Association in the future 🙂

Thank you to Nexercise for giving me the incentive to get off my butt!

P.S. I would love to have partners on here who will encourage me, and me them. I would also love to find people who have heart issues, like me, who have lost the weight and what their “tricks” were.

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